A, C, D and E Block
8th Grade Science
What's happening in science class?
This first quarter we will mostly be studying about the the nature of matter. This course is an introduction to chemistry, however a lot of what they will learn will be helpful in their Introduction to Physics course that they will take in their freshman year and Biology, which most students will take in their sophmore year.
In this unit of study, students will be doing many labs and investigations than the year before. It is very imporant that they learn how to stay safe in the lab because they will be using some potentially dangerous chemicals and lab equipment. Their first quiz is lab safety quiz and they must pass it with a 75 to participate in labs.
Important due dates and test dates
9/4 Signed Acknowledgement of Course Objectives and Expectations
9/5 and 9/9 Students should be working on Lab Safety study guide
9/10 Lab safety quiz
On this site you can find information about what students will be learning about in class and important due dates. as well as test dates. In addition, I will post links to download important assignments/rubrics and links to internet sites to help students with their homework or class assignments.
Please check PowerSchool regularly. I do update weekly and I will write important notes to the parent and student about their grade and the assignment. Your student should also be encouraged to check in on their own.
Agenda: This year, the 8th grade team iteachers will be requiring students to use an agenda. We beleive that organization is an important skill students need to be successful in school. Students should be writing down their assignments daily in their agenda and using it as a tool to help them plan how and when to get their assignments done. It is also important that students take responsibility to make sure they have turned their assignments in. Once they have completed an assignment and turned it in they can check it off.
Importance of Homework: Homework is an essential learning tool for this class. It provides students an opportunity to practice what they have learned independent of the teacher. It is so important that they do the homework when it is assigned and the do their best. It is not enough to just complete assignments to get it done, instead students should strive to do their best work. They get very little out of doing homework when they do that. Should you find that you or your child is struggling with the homework, please contact me so I can help.